Reid Ross High School opened its doors in 1968, with the first graduation class being 1970. In 1985, after the merger of Fayetteville City Schools and Cumberland County Schools, Reid Ross High School was closed. The building served as a junior high school until 1995 when it changed to a middle school. In 1999 it became Reid Ross Classical School.
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– Reid Ross High School online yearbook
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The 1969 State Track Meet was held at Reid Ross High School; “The 65th NCHSAA State Meet was moved to a clay track at Reid Ross HS in Fayetteville while NC State was installing its first all-weather track at its Paul Derr Track & Field facility.”
All home games of the Cape Fear Thunder (Independent Women’s Football League) take place Apr-Jun at John P. Daskal Stadium behind Reid Ross High School. (Even though their website spells it the John P. Daskyll stadium.)
Many Reid Ross alumni are giving back to their community. For example, former Cougar David Pickens “continues to serve”.
State Football Championships
1972 High Point Andrews 24, Fayetteville Reid Ross 17
1981 Reid Ross 21, High Point Central 7
Women’s Basketball State Championship
1984 Reid Ross 45 Ben L. Smith 39
Men’s Track & Field State Championships
1977 800 Yard Relay
1978 800 Yard Relay
Fayetteville Sports Club Hall of Fame
– Reggie Pinkney – Reggie was a standout football player at Reid Ross High School and East Carolina University before playing in the NFL for five years. He is now principal at Hillsboro Elementary School and is in the ECU Hall of Fame.
(Reggie’s book, Pass It On, is available from the ECU book store.)
– John Daskal – A 1953 graduate of Fayetteville High School, Daskal had the most wins of any active football coach in Cumberland County when he retired in 1990. His 31-year record was 211-100-4. He spent most of his career at Reid Ross and Terry Sanford high schools, although he also coached briefly at Pine Forest. He guided teams from Reid Ross and Terry Sanford to the state 4-A finals. His 1981 Reid Ross team won the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4-A Division II state title. He worked as a hearing officer for the county schools after retiring. In 1994, he joined Mack Edwards as color commentator on the local television broadcasts of high school football games. The stadium at Reid Ross Classical School is named in his honor.